Letter from N. Henshaw to Gov. Miller.
Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944
N. Henshaw writes to Governor Miller that the Scottsboro Boys should have been burned or skinned, makes veiled references to lynching in mentioning that in the past it "wasn't necessary to tax the state with the expense of a trial in a thing of this sort," and encourages the Governor to show he appreciates the old Confederates. The letter is on Hemphill, Noyes & Co. stationery and has no return address.
Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 7, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
Presumed you have been handed a copy of
this, but to make sure am passing this one on to you,
together with the feelings of the broken employees of
the South who are members of this organization.
When I was in Scottsboro around 30
years ago it wasn't necessary to tax the state with
the expense of a trial in a thing of this sort. I'm
sure you will not permit any pressure to weaken you.
These burr-heads are fortunate that they were not
burned. In fact, they should have been skinned, as
burning is too tame.
Hope Alabama will prove to the old
Confederates next week that the South appreciates
them. Such was not altogether the case last year
in Mississippi. The "show" seemed to be for the
sponsors, etc., with the old battlers betting by
the best they could.
19TH ANNUAL I.B.A. CONVEN
Hemphil, Noyes & Co. PRIVAT